TLW – It’s more than just competitions

| October 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division raise the colors during morning reveille prior to the division run Oct. 5, here. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division raise the colors during morning reveille prior to the division run Oct. 5, here. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — To celebrate the 74th birthday of the 25th Infantry Division, the division scheduled four days of competition among the brigades, Oct. 5-8.

The event is known as Tropic Lightning Week, or TLW, but the Soldiers and leaders understand it is not just about competing.

“It is not just about sports; it’s about being part of something bigger than yourself,” said Spc. Westin Blakely, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Inf. Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID.

Since the 1920s, the U.S. Army has been a part of the community in Hawaii.

October 1, 1941, marked the beginning of the 25th ID’s history – over 74 years – and its strong relationship with the community, here.

“Knowing what the organization is about will help motivate them (Soldiers) to be a part of it,” said 1st Sgt. Momar Samb, senior enlisted adviser, Forward Support Co., 3rd Bn., 7th Field Artillery Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID.

Tropic Lightning Week not only celebrates the division’s birthday, but it also marks the 50th anniversary of the division’s deployment to Vietnam.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, participate in the Color Guard competition, here, Oct. 5. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, participate in the Color Guard competition, here, Oct. 5. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

During the past years, 25th ID veterans have made appearances to help celebrate the history that they themselves help set in motion.

The Cacti commander said the opportunity for his Soldiers to meet and talk to the veterans is a good chance for them to see who came before them.

The week of celebration and competition is also about bringing the units from across the division together at one time.

“The division coming together outside of the (battalion) quad is a good thing for the Soldiers to see,” said Lt. Col. Ryan O’Connor, commander, 2nd Bn., 35th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID.

He continued to say it is a great opportunity for Soldiers to actually see and get to know Soldiers in other units across the division.

Blakely summed it up by stating that if you take part in the weekly activities, not only are you helping keep the division strong cohesively, but also showing pride in the division you belong to.

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